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How to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10

Safe Mode is used for troubleshooting. When you cannot boot into Windows normally, you can boot into Safe Mode to fix your computer. If you have no idea how to boot into Safe Mode, we'll tell you in details.

Option 1: Boot into Safe Mode in the Recovery Environment

Use this option to get into the recovery environment, you’ll have access to the advanced troubleshooting tools intended for helping you recover a PC that won’t start normally. Here's how:

Step1: Hold down the Shift key while clicking Restart to get to the recovery environment.


Step 2: When you are in recovery mode, click Troubleshoot, then click Advanced options,


Step 3: Then click Startup Settings to change Windows' startup behavior.

Startup settings

Step 4: Click on Restart.

Click restart to enable safe mode

Step 5: Press the number corresponding to the startup option you want to use. Here we press the 4 key for regular Safe Mode.

Enable Safe Mode

If you want to turn off Safe Mode, refer to guide on how to get Windows 10 out of safe mode.

Option 2: Boot into Safe Mode using Command Prompt

Step 1: Open command prompt as an administrator. Or you can choose to run command prompt at boot.


Step 2: Type bcdedit in the command prompt, and press Enter.

Under the Windows Boot Loader section, take a look at identifier, and then note it down. 

Get to Safe Mode via Command Prompt.

Step 3: To boot into Safe Mode, execute the following command, and then press Enter key.

bcdedit /set {identifier} safeboot minimal

Run enable Safe Mode command

Step 4: Restart your computer, your Windows will boot into Safe Mode.

Restart Computer

Tip: If you are currently in Safe Mode with Command Prompt, but want to get out of Safe Mode, you use the following command to restart the computer.

shutdown /r /t 00

 Get out of Saft Mode

Way 3: Boot into Safe Mode using System Configuration Tool

The System Configuration tool built into Windows gives you the ability to enable a safe boot option. This option forces Windows to boot into Safe Mode every time you restart your PC. To start Windows normally again, you have to go back into the System Configuration tool and disable the option.

Step 1: Type msconfig in the search box, Then click System Configuration to open it.

Search for msconfig

Step 2: Then click on Boot tab. Check the Safe boot box.

You can even choose the type of Safe Mode into which you want Windows to start:

  • Minimal: normal Safe Mode
  • Alternate shell: Safe Mode using only the Command Prompt
  • Active Directory repair: Used only for repairing an Active Directory server
  • Network: Safe Mode with networking support

Boot to minimal

Click on Apply, and then OK. After restarting you can continue troubleshooting in Safe mode.

How to Exit Safe Mode in Windows 10

1. To exit Safe Mode, regain access to the System Configuration tool.

2. Tap or click the Boot tab, cancel the Safe boot box, hit Apply, and then OK.

Exit Safe Mode

After restarting your PC will exit Safe mode.